The Curriculum Mapping KnowledgeBase

The Curriculum Mapping KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting education professionals with the development and use of curriculum mapping as part of their instructional strategies. The KnowledgeBase is based on four elements derived from The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development authored by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Ann Johnson, and published by ASCD.

Element 1: Lay the Foundation

Purpose: Applying curriculum mapping within a district or school begins with an understanding of the fundamentals. These include being knowledgeable about the basic concepts, defining a vision for the initiative, and creating a leadership structure to support it. Element 1 outlines these tasks and offers resources for the teacher to gain such an understanding.

Activity 1: Understand Curriculum Mapping Concepts

Activity 2: Create a Shared Vision for Curriculum Mapping

Activity 3: Define the Leadership Structure to Support Mapping

Element 2: Launch the Process

Purpose: Wiktionary dictionary defines launch as "to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation." Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process. The process involves creating maps that drive instruction, reviewing and improving those maps over time, and learning how to master mapping strategies. Element 2 outlines these tasks and offers resources for district and school leaders and teachers to launch curriculum mapping.

Activity 1: Using Curriculum Maps to Drive Instruction

Activity 2: Undertake a Review Process to Improve Instruction

Activity 3: Learn How to Master Mapping Strategies

Task 1: Identify Strategic Patterns to be Monitored


Guideline: Curriculum mapping brings together what is taught and how the instruction is delivered with the assessment results. Blending the "what," the "how," and the outcomes enables teachers to identify the instructional areas that should be monitored. Monitoring these identified patterns permits teachers to adjust the maps and the resultant instructional practices.

Keeping Students, Teachers on Right Path

This link to the Rush-Henrietta (New York) School District website explains how the district integrates curriculum mapping with its instructional process.

Monitoring Student Progress

This link is to the School Improvement in Maryland website's content on monitoring student progress. The content addresses planning, assessing, analyzing, and leading the process. Though oriented toward Maryland teachers, the content is useful to teachers in any state.

Video: Launching the Process of Curriculum Change

In this video provided by Curriculum Designers, Inc, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs explains launching the process of curriculum change and connects the mapping process to a framework for professional development. This video runs 3 minutes and 2 seconds.


Video: Maintaining, Sustaining, and Integrating

In this video provided by Curriculum Designers, Inc, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs explains maintaining, sustaining, and integrating curriculum mapping. This video runs 3 minutes and 2 seconds.

Element 3: Sustain and Integrate the Mapping Process

Purpose: Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process as teachers review and update the respective maps regularly. The process of updating their maps enables teachers to think about how they can improve and update their instructional approaches. The Element 3 tasks address incorporating assessment results into the mapping process.

Activity 1: Conduct Ongoing Strategic Monitoring

Activity 2: Unpack Assessment Data

Element 4: Advanced Mapping Tasks

Purpose: Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process as teachers review and update the respective maps regularly . The process of updating their maps enables teachers to think about how they can improve and update their instructional approaches. The Element 4 tasks address applying new instructional techniques and integrating technology with curriculum.

Activity 1: Update Maps with 21st Century Techniques